The outdoor movie season in Los Angeles usually runs from late April through October and is now in full swing. Each year, it seems that what started as folks taking their lawn chairs to their local parks and picnicking under the stars while watching a classic film has grown into multiple events all across LA, featuring live music, gourmet food trucks and all kinds of other activities. We housesellers wanted to let you know about some of the best and most popular for 2018.

Street Food Cinema is probably the top dog in terms of presenting an immersive film experience and, with more than 60 events at 14 locations from Pasadena to Pacific Palisades, SFC is known as the largest outdoor movie series in Los Angeles. One of the most popular of the 14 locations is the Park Center in Griffith Park, which will host the 65th anniversary of Peter Pan on June 2nd with special guest Kathryn Beaumont, who voiced Wendy in this Disney classic.

With locations in Downtown LA and Hollywood, Rooftop Cinema Club offers a premier outdoor movie experience with panoramic views, spectacular sunsets and state-of-the-art wireless headphones. They have one of the best mixes of old and new films, too, with classics like Casablanca and The Godfather alternating with the most recent Oscar-winners such as I, Tonya and The Shape of Water.

Taking place on Saturday nights at rotating venues stretching from Downtown to Santa Monica, Eat|See|Hear boasts the largest outdoor screen on the West Coast and state-of-the-art audio. Every screening features a curated line-up of food trucks and an opening performance by an up-and-coming band.

Another popular rooftop cinema experience is the Melrose Rooftop Theatre held at the hot spot dining and drinking establishment, E.P. & L.P. on La Cienega in West Hollywood. With the Hollywood Hills as the stunning backdrop, specialty cocktails, custom concession stand and new VIP seating for up to 100 guests, the 2018 program features more than 100 cult classic movies and new releases.

Launched in 2002, Cinespia hosts on-site screenings of classic films from the 1930s through the 1990s all across LA, mostly in open-air settings at historic locations. Its most popular series runs weekly between May and August on Saturday (and occasionally Sunday) nights at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where huge crowds bring their blankets and picnic supplies. 

The Silver Lake Picture Show is one of the most fun FREE outdoor movie events in Los Angeles and is also a popular movie/picnic spot. Every other Thursday from late June until mid September, they will be showing some of your favorite feature films, such as Jaws and Dirty Dancing, accompanied by short films from local filmmakers.

The above may be some of the most popular, but there are many, many more outdoor film events now through October, and this Los Angeles Magazine link is the most helpful and comprehensive list we have found.